Electric Elysium

I’ve been rapped for starting posts with a question (‘bad writing form’), but I’m doing it anyway here. Remember in Gladiator when Russell ‘Maximus Decimus Meridius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife’ Crowe was walking through fields of wheat running his hands over the top of the crop and dreaming of home in Spain and the whole scene is terribly dramatic and moving?

Because I’ve worked out that’s kind of what I want to do with the following art installation.*

Called Field of Light, the installation by Bruce Munro comprises over 5,000 fibre optic cables and acrylic stems to create a literal ‘bulb’ garden, while light projection rainbows wash over it in the winter darkness. Though festively timed – the display will be at the Holburne Museum in Bath until  January 7, 2012 – the colours and inspiration aren’t Christmassy: it’s actually based on a trip Munro took to Australia, where he was stunned by the desert bloom after heavy rainfall. Suffice to say, I think it’s stunning, and if I get the chance when I head home for Christmas, I’ll be stopping by.

*Hans Zimmer and his team of yodellers could even belt out the dance version of ‘Now We Are Free’ (leather tunic and ripped up, maggoty arm optional).

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